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The Nitty Gritty => Pests and Predators => Topic started by: Peacerose on November 06, 2017, 11:37:42 AM

Title: Snake Time Is Here Again
Post by: Peacerose on November 06, 2017, 11:37:42 AM
The other day I was working in the quail porch and heard a loud continuous hissing, rattling sound.  At first I thought it was the propane tank leaking gas.  Went outside to investigate and Whitey spotted the problem -- a large rattler in the fence line.  It had its mouth wide open hissing and was furiously rattling.  What terrible threat was this snake facing?  A male Northern Bobwhite.  The bobwhite was confronting the snake about 18" away.  Brave.

I had to RUN back to my house to get the gun. Shot him in the face and collected a souvenir.  The snake was a Western Diamondback like all my past rattlers.  36" long.

(https://s1.postimg.org/1fx5x06esb/rattles110217.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/1fx5x06esb/)

Two things were unusual about this event:

1.  The bobwhite.  All my brown bobwhites are Butlers and this was no butler.  It was the same size as my Mexican Speckleds.  I'm thinking bobwhites were released on a neighboring ranch and some came over here to investigate the sounds coming from the quail porch.

2.  The rattling.  None of my previous rattlesnakes rattled.  I learned from Lathe that rattlers in our area have stopped rattling because of the feral hogs.  Maybe this one rattled because he knew his "enemy" had seen him?  Another thing that was kind of funny is that even after I shot his head off, the tail kept rattling and then slowly ran down like a wind up toy. 

This was the first snake incident that I handled alone, so it was an especially proud day.